Las Tortugas ’08 Schedule


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by Susan J. Weiand
With a line-up that includes ALO,Tea Leaf Green, The Mother Hips, Melvin Seals’ JGB, Hot Buttered Rum, Cornmeal and festival hosts Blue Turtle Seduction, this year’s Las Tortugas – Dance of the Dead III is shaping up to be one of the best gatherings this fall. The festival announced their performance schedule today, which can perused here.

Kicking off with Poor Man’s Whiskey and the Dave Stein Bubhub on Thursday, October 30, the four-day festival runs until the wee hours of Sunday, November 2, when Blue Turtle ties a bow on the weekend. Last year’s festival saw a high level of attendee participation with an eye-boggling array of costumes on Halloween particularly, and 2008’s installment will continue the tradition with themes for each day.

2008 Las Tortugas Themes

Thursday: Welcome to the Jungle
Friday: Halloween Masquerade Ball/Costume Contest
Saturday: Naughty by Nature
Sunday: Gospel Jubilee

Festivalgoers are encouraged to freak freely on these loose concepts. So, Thursday’s crowd may draw equally from Guns n’ Roses as they do from Tarzan or the animal print section of the Frederick’s of Hollywood catalog. One can only imagine how many people will be down with OPP on Saturday.

Other special parts of this year’s festivities includes Victor Barnes’ Biggrass Brunch and a solo set from TLG’s Trevor Garrod on Sunday morning, and late night sets from two primo SF funk-estras, namely Monophonics (Fri) and BLVD (Sat), while Lebo and Friends will help folks greet the dawn on Thursday night.

The full lineup for Las Tortugas – Dance of the Dead II is:

-Tea Leaf Green
-Blue Turtle Seduction
-Melvin Seals’ JGB
-Hot Buttered Rum
-The Mother Hips
-Trevor Garrod
-Big Light
-Poor Man’s Whiskey
-Delta Nove
-The Trespassers
-Sean Leahy & Friends
-Underground Orchestra
-On The One
-Victor Barnes
-Tistrya & Friends
-Montana Slim
-Dave Stein Bubhub